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If execs in the beauty industry were forced to pick their favorite terpene, they’d probably go with linalool. Found in over half of all perfumes, linalool has a soothing, floral aroma with just a touch of heat. Although it is most often associated with lavender, people could also get a sense for this terpene’s aroma in herbs such as mugwort, rosewood, and mint. Research suggests linalool developed on cannabis and other plants primarily as a means of defense against pathogens. For this reason, many scientists are interested in exploring this terpene’s potential as an antimicrobial agent. Lavender (and, by extension, linalool) has also been praised by ancient civilizations for its supposed calming qualities.
- Chemical composition: The terpene linalool has an official chemical formula of C10H18O.
- Aroma: The best way to get a sense of linalool’s aromatics is to smell fresh cut lavender. As mentioned in the intro, lavender owes its unique floral aroma to the presence of linalool. Although this terpene has a rather soothing and subdued aroma, it also has a slight kick. Linalool’s spicy side, however, is nothing like that found in the terpenes of hot chili peppers! Instead, linalool’s warm notes are closely associated with coriander and cinnamon, both of which have traces of the terpene.
- Hemp Forms: Sweet & Sour Widow and Granddaddy Purple
- Other Strains: LA Confidential, Amnesia Haze, Kosher Kush, and Lavender